Local Election Candidate for Galway City East

Owen Hanley is driven and enthusiastic to help create a bold, new vision for Galway city that puts people first. The Eastside has been deprived of ambitious public representation that supports communities, delivers solutions, and cares about people.<

Owen is a Galway native who recently completed his Bachelor Degree in English, Sociology & Politics, and over the summer finished his Masters in Human Rights Law.

Owen has not only studied and understands the socio-economic factors that impact people’s lives but as a child of austerity he knows the cost of regressive politics.

A progressive activist from a young age Owen Hanley has campaigned for gender equality, third level funding, an end to the housing crisis, the re-election of Michael D. Higgins, and repeal of the 8th amendment.

“The next 5-year council term will define Galway for the next 50. We will sleep-walk our way to a sprawling, choked-up, and ugly metro or we can become a modern and unique European city.”

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3 hours ago

Owen Hanley

One of the biggest things I’ve heard back from talking to people over the campaign so far is how frustrated people are with poor planning in this city.

There is nothing natural about our housing and homelessness crisis, there’s nothing natural about sky high rents, there’s nothing natural about our car congested roads.

Poor planning has a big hand to play in all of this. The urban sprawl that seems to be continuing further and further outward to no end, and without the amenities and services to match it.

One necessary solution going forward is the need to re-examine the massive industrial estates that dominate the landscape in the East. These are carpark dominated, single-use lots that are empty at 6pm have created rifts in the fabric of our city. And while providing jobs it is wrong to say that the industrial estate model is the only reason these companies are here, and are the only way to provide a decent work environment.

The way we have carved up our city is damaging and unsustainable.

I would like to see industrial estates reimagined into mixed use areas. We could maintain the base industry that exists but by building up and retrofitting these areas we can provide housing as well. It would take cars off the roads by providing communities where people can live and work and with proper services all in one. Not every industrial park would be suited for this but those particularly closer to the city centre need to be investigated and tested for potential.

The next Council should work with key interest groups to make sure this thinking becomes action in the next 5 years, and if elected I would see to that.
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One of the biggest things I’ve heard back from talking to people over the campaign so far is how frustrated people are with poor planning in this city.

There is nothing natural about our housing and homelessness crisis, there’s nothing natural about sky high rents, there’s nothing natural about our car congested roads.

Poor planning has a big hand to play in all of this. The urban sprawl that seems to be continuing further and further outward to no end, and without the amenities and services to match it.

One necessary solution going forward is the need to re-examine the massive industrial estates that dominate the landscape in the East. These are carpark dominated, single-use lots that are empty at 6pm have created rifts in the fabric of our city.  And while providing jobs it is wrong to say that the industrial estate model is the only reason these companies are here, and are the only way to provide a decent work environment. 

The way we have carved up our city is damaging and unsustainable. 

I would like to see industrial estates reimagined into mixed use areas. We could maintain the base industry that exists but by building up and retrofitting these areas we can provide housing as well. It would take cars off the roads by providing communities where people can live and work and with proper services all in one. Not every industrial park would be suited for this but those particularly closer to the city centre need to be investigated and tested for potential.

The next Council should work with key interest groups to make sure this thinking becomes action in the next 5 years, and if elected I would see to that.

21 hours ago

Owen Hanley

Fantastic evening out in Ballybrit talking to people about how the Council can work better for them. Campaigning is easy when joined by Galway's finest Siobhan and the originally smiley lad Niall Ó Tuathail

If you want to help me out please get in touch. You don't have to have any experience, we teach on the job!
#LE19 #SocDems
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Fantastic evening out in Ballybrit talking to people about how the Council can work better for them. Campaigning is easy when joined by Galways finest Siobhan and the originally smiley lad Niall Ó Tuathail 

If you want to help me out please get in touch. You dont have to have any experience, we teach on the job!
#LE19 #SocDems

2 days ago

Owen Hanley

Great Sunday sesh at Sparch by the Galway Buskers Community to raise support against the Council's proposed busking ban. We need a City Council that reflects this Galway ... See MoreSee Less

Great Sunday sesh at Sparch by the Galway Buskers Community to raise support against the Councils proposed busking ban. We need a City Council that reflects this Galway

3 days ago

Owen Hanley

Great sunny canvass this evening talking about transport, cost of childcare, the raise the Roof rally, and the Buckets March to the Sparch on tomorrow! #SocDems #LE19 ... See MoreSee Less

Great sunny canvass this evening talking about transport, cost of childcare, the raise the Roof rally, and the Buckets March to the Sparch on tomorrow! #SocDems #LE19
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One of the biggest things I’ve heard back from talking to people over the campaign so far is how frustrated people are with poor planning in this city. #LE19 1/8

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